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bhf3737

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Now you have had the 60-600mm sigmonster lens longer, what are your thoughts on its performance? There is little on the web, and it does have an intriguing focal length range.
The copy that I have borrowed is very good. On 600mm it is a tad sharper than 60mm. During the past 3 weeks on EOS-R the AF has been fast and consistent and keeper rate has been good and comparable to EF 100-400 LII for slow moving birds. For BIF, the combo struggles to consistently get good shots. There is an additional switch mode to override AF and stay there, but I have not used it yet. Perhaps it is more useful for BIF. Using it handheld is ok because of the balance of the lens as it is not front heavy. To carry, It fits into LowePro 450AW backpack. The 60-600mm range allows me to take this as the only lens for a day trip.
I'll have it for one more week and If you need any specific test please let me know.
Below is another shot with this lens @510mm, f/7.1, ISO 1250, handheld. Downy Woodpecker.
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AlanF

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Thanks bhf3737! The 100-400 II is remarkably good for BIF, even with a 1.4xTC attached, which is the one reason I prefer it to my 150-600mm C, an otherwise excellent lens.
 
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Jack Douglas

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Worked so hard yesterday fork digging a garden that I'm zonked. IOW it's an excuse to be back to the thread with a bird doing what its name suggests - the Slaty Flower-piercer; a good illustration although not the best shot.

Oh, and I might as well throw in another hummer. White-throated Mountain-gem.

Jack

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ISv

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I don't really shoot birds but couldn't resist this one of a brown boobie shot a couple of days ago. With an iPad...View attachment 184709

I have never seen booby from so close. There are 3 species nesting on tiny islets around Oahu but all these are preserved territories, you are not suppose to land there. Otherwise boobies are very easy to approach (the reason for the name I think). My best photo of Brown Booby according to the exif file is taken from 133.35 meters (obviously the infinity point of the lens: it says the same even if I take a photo of the nearby island miles away...).
So, the light is basic but the distance to the object matters too (here I mean the small letters text under your photo);)!
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Jack Douglas

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Well, if he took the first one while digging - it's my favorite: it says DEDICATION:D!
ISv if only I could shoot that bird while digging!! I have fantasized about owning property in Costa Rica since returning and I turn green thinking about where you are shooting.:sick: Hmm, why no green envy emoji?

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privatebydesign

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I have never seen booby from so close. There are 3 species nesting on tiny islets around Oahu but all these are preserved territories, you are not suppose to land there. Otherwise boobies are very easy to approach (the reason for the name I think). My best photo of Brown Booby according to the exif file is taken from 133.35 meters (obviously the infinity point of the lens: it says the same even if I take a photo of the nearby island miles away...).
So, the light is basic but the distance to the object matters too (here I mean the small letters text under your photo);)!
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I was on a boat and about 14 of them took up residence on the bow of the boat for the day, so I suppose they approached us!